Nine Inch Nails and the Industrial Uprising, Metal Machine Music by ProQuest


The film begins in the 1970s, seeking the origins of industrial music in both punk rock- citing the Sex Pistols and punk's DIY ethos-and in experimental European bands like Cabaret Voltaire, Kraftwerk, and Throbbing Gristle, who included electronic sounds, often reminiscent of factory noises, in their music.

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although never more than about fifteen            presented as well as music and some short
seconds at a time, presumably because of         segments of concert videos (including
copyright issues. Some spoken interludes         some apparent bootlegs). The concert ma-
from various performances (a 2005 VH1            terial seems to span several decades of
concert for example) are included, provid-       Springsteen’s career and is used to illus-
ing some welcome insight into Spring-            trate the points the documentary is at-
steen’s compositional motivation. The            tempting to make regarding his artistic de-
1980s interview with Springsteen is again        velopment, but they are unfortunately not
used, with large parts recycled from the         dated or located.
first disc. In fact, much of the information
in the second DVD is just an amplification                                      John Clark
of what is in the first, with some more detail                                Connecticut College

Nine Inch Nails and the Industrial Uprising, Metal Machine Music. DVD.
Surrey, UK: Sexy Intellectual, 2009. SIDVD546. $19.95.
   This bio-documentary film examines the         placing him among the key creative figures
emergence and popularization of the genre        in the development of a contemporary in-
of “industrial” music, focusing on the band      dustrial music aesthetic and offering criti-
Nine Inch Nails (NIN) and its founder            cism and interpretation of individual
and principle musician/composer, Trent           albums and songs.
Reznor. Commentary and context are pro-             While Metal Machine Music offers a much-
vided by two former members of NIN, a            needed portrait of an often-overlooked mu-
handful of other musicians (most notably         sical genre, it falls short on several counts.
Genesis P-Orridge, founding member of            The historical context provided is decep-
seminal industrial band Throbbing                tively narrow, and either entirely omits or
Gristle), and a selection of rock journalists    gives only cursory mention to a number of
and biographers. The film includes many           bands—for example, Killing Joke, Joy
musical examples, historical photos, and         Division, Bauhaus, Kraftwerk, and Skinny
concert footage of a wide range of indus-        Puppy—that were essenti
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